Several dynamic industry leaders will speak at the 144th Annual Convention of the National Grange, which is being held Nov. 9-13 in Charlotte, NC, at the Hilton University Place Hotel. President/Master Ed Luttrell (Sandy, OR) says, “Our speakers are individuals who are working on the same issues as the Grange, which are the same critical issues facing all of us,” and we are pleased to have them address our members.

On Wed., Nov. 10, three speakers will address the members at the Convention. At 8 a.m., Johnny C. Wynne, Ph.D., dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, will speak at the Salute to Agriculture Breakfast. He has been a faculty member since 1968 and taught plant breeding and conducted research until 1989, when he was appointed head of the Crop Science Department.

At the 12:15 p.m. Ag Luncheon, Kathleen Franco, executive director of public policy, AT&T Services, Inc., will speak on “Broadband Access for Rural America.” She is responsible for regulatory policy for core retail and consumer broadband services. Prior to joining AT&T, she served as a legal advisor at the Federal Communications Commission. Franco is a graduate of the Georgetown University and Boston College.

At 7:30 p.m., Amanda (Nolz) Radke, contributing editor, BEEF Daily, will address youth members. Attracting almost 400,000 hits in its first year, her daily blog posts at have become an industry favorite. She has become one of the industry’s most recognizable and vocal advocates. Amanda was the 2006 National Beef Ambassador and led the walkout at a Carrie Underwood concert. Today, she dedicates her career to the agriculture industry, working on behalf of America’s beef producers.

For more information on the conference and presentation topics, link here. Stay tuned for updates from BEEF Daily, as Radke covers the highlights of this agriculture event.